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LANGKAWI – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today reminded past leaders to bear in mind the concept of the turning wheel and give the opportunity to leaders after them to lead in their own way.
The Barisan Nasional Chairman and UMNO President said the current leaders should be entrusted to carry on with the journey and legacy because a struggle based on idealism could not be fulfilled in a short time.
“There is the concept of the turning wheel in our lives. One day, we will be down there, then we support those who are up there. Only then can our struggle be fulfilled and our leadership gain the appreciation of the people who will evaluate our deeds and legacy.
“This is the concept of leadership, not by way of condemning and trying to destroy a party that has done us much service. This is not the way of the people who love UMNO,”he said.
Najib was opening the Langkawi UMNO Division delegates meeting attended by more than 1,000 party members. Also present was division chief Datuk Nawawi Ahmad.
Najib said he himself carried on with the legacy and struggle of the previous five prime ministers by adding value to every basis of the struggle, not by destroying what had been built and nurtured thus far.
“I still remember. I do not forget easily. I remember a leader saying that when we do not have any position, we have to support the new leader because when we were leaders others backed us and that was why we were successful,” he said.
However, he said, what was happening now was the reverse because that leader was seen as trying to destroy the 71-year-old UMNO.
“Former adversaries are now pals, former friends are now enemies. What’s this? This is not morality in politics, this is the politics of anger, disappointment and forgetting the fundamentals of the struggle,” he said.
Najib said history had proven that past leaders who left UMNO would eventually realise that they would not be strong without the party, and feel that they had lost something within them.
“For example, Datuk Onn Jaafar (who founded UMNO) left the party and established Parti Negara, but that party was in no way comparable to UMNO,” he said.
Illustrating himself as a ?shady tree’, Najib said he realised that he would not be strong without UMNO and the support of its members.
Nevertheless, he said, he was hopeful that the three million UMNO members who were the party’s strength would fully back him and not let him be alone.
“A party is much bigger than individuals, and as such we must defend the party. If UMNO is regarded as a large ship, we cannot punch a hole in it because we will then be unable to take the passengers to the destination, he said.
Referring to Langkawi, Najib said he would give serious attention to bringing greater development to the legendary resort island.
“People of Langkawi, do not worry or panic. The UMNO-led government will continue to ensure that Langkawi undergoes intensive development to become more progressive in the future,” he said, and pledged to retain the duty-free status of the island.
Najib said the government had provided much allocation of funds to the Langkawi parliamentary constituency, for example, to expand the international airport, upgrade the jetty in Kuah and provide electricity in Pulau Tuba.
“As long as there is UMNO and the BN, this place will have an excellent future. Do not worry. I will bring much more progress to Langkawi,” he said.
KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of victims of the van attack in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday that left at least 13 people dead and over 100 injured.
In a tweet today, he described the attack as despicable.
“Deepest condolences to the loved ones of innocent victims who lost their lives and were affected by the despicable attack in Barcelona,” Najib posted.
According to Reuters, at least 13 people were killed and more than 100 injured after a van rammed through crowds in the heart of Barcelona.
It was reported that the attackers abandoned the van and fled the scene.
The news agency reported that following the attack, the security authorities launched a special operation to hunt down the attackers.
It also quoted a Catalan police spokeswoman as saying that the police had killed four attackers in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, and seriously injured another following the operation there against what authorities called a terrorist attack.
The Barcelona attack is the worst in Spain since the 2004 Madrid bombings which killed 191 people.
ALOR GAJAH – “The move to allow over 165,000 grassroot members to vote for the election of UMNO president in 2013 is a solid evidence that UMNO does not belong to me, unlike in the era of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,” says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Najib, who is also UMNO president, said in Tun Dr Mahathir’s era, the former prime minister and party president had used the ‘quota and bonus votes’ mechanism during party polls to ensure that he could retain power.
“After I became UMNO president, I abolished the mechanism and left my fate to be decided by over 165,000 UMNO members nationwide.
“It turned out that I won uncontested and it showed that UMNO openly supported my leadership. It is also a solid evidence that UMNO does not belong to me, but to all its members,” he said when opening the Masjid Tanah UMNO Division Delegates Conference here today.
Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahidi, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and UMNO Executive Secretary Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh, who is also Masjid Tanah UMNO chief. UMNO became more open, democratic and inclusive when the amendment to the party´s constitution was passed in 2009, which among others, increased the number of members allowed to vote for the election of top leadership and divisional leaders, and also abolished the quota system in party polls.
Najib said Tun Dr Mahathir became the Prime Minister and UMNO president not because he was a popular leader, but because he had ‘secured’ the party’s top leadership by using the “quota and bonus votes”.
“During the 1987 election, he (Tun Dr Mahathir) contested against Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and he won by only 43-vote majority. Although I was quite close to Tengku Razaleigh, I upheld the principle of wala’ (loyalty).
“Back then, I was UMNO Youth chief and Tun M was my boss, so I’m compelled to support him and I did pledged my support to him. But what did he do? He secured the top leadership using the quota and bonus votes,” Najib said.
He said as UMNO president, he had made various decision upon discussions with Ahmad Zahid and other UMNO leaders and as a result, UMNO has become a party which is more open today.
“Who is more dictator in the party? UMNO doesn’t belong to me. In fact, it is more open today than in the past. I became the party leader because of the support from UMNO members,” he said.
Meanwhile, Najib said he need not to look over his shoulder when performing his duties as the prime minister as he had full confidence in Ahmad Zahid.
He said the close relationship between him and Ahmad Zahid was not built yesterday, but had developed over the years since 1986 and many did not know what they had been through together.
“No one knows how many times we had attended the same courses and stayed in the same dormitory. No one knows Ahmad Zahid’s trials and tribulations in Bagan Datuk and how I, as the UMNO Youth chief, braved myself to campaign for him.
“Now that there is an attempt to shake my confidence in Ahmad Zahid, I would like to reassure you that my confidence in him cannot be shaken nor questioned by anyone,” Najib added.
PUTRAJAYA – In a confidence-boosting speech to Malaysian athletes picked for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games (KL2017), Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak asked them to dig deep inside themselves to give the performance of a lifetime and bring glory to the country.
The prime minister said they could count on the support of over 30 million Malaysians as they do battle with regional athletes at the 29th SEA Games scheduled for Aug 19-30 and the 9th ASEAN Para Games, from Sept 17 to 23.
Expressing confidence that success was attainable, Najib said that he and all Malaysians were behind the national athletes but despite all the cheering and clapping, in the end it would be the athletes themselves who would determine the colour of the medals.
“We want to see world standard performance by each athlete so that we can be the best in the ASEAN region.
“So, on the behalf of the 30 million Malaysians we ask you to give your very best so as to bring glory for the country, ” he said at the ceremony to hand over the Jalur Gemilang (national flag) to the Malaysian contingent to KL2017 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here yesterday.
PUTRAJAYA – The ability to postulate possible futures through strategic foresight is increasingly important toward achieving the goals of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50), says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said developed countries such as the United Kingdom, Finland and Singapore have adopted the horizon scanning and strategic foresight methodologies to ensure that their country’s long-term plans were in line with their future needs.
In fact, he said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa himself had spearheaded and encouraged the use of a scenario scanning methodology in the preparation of the national action plans.
He added that he was excited when the Public Service Department also adopted the foresight methodology in the preparation of its strategic plan with the cooperation of the Malaysian Foresight Institute (myForesight) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
“This shows the country’s ability to apply science and technology to ensure wellbeing of the people and the country. Well done!”he said when chairing the National Science Council’s (NSC) meeting, here yesterday.
Furthermore, Najib said the launch of the first route of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project on July 17 was also the success of the government in bringing about a landscape change not only in terms of national development, but also in a more modern public mobility which will be enjoyed by 1.2 million Malaysians.
“While we study the future and look for new economic and market opportunities, we must also ensure the impact on the people remains as a priority,”he said.
The prime minister said three proposals presented at the meeting discussed the issues of tomorrows, namely the 4th Industrial Revolution, Future of Work and Cyber Security.
He said the ability to master the technologies, including exploiting and exploring disruptive technologies, was vital to transform the various national economic sectors through science and technology (STI) approaches.
“This is to ensure that the country will continue to move forward and will not be left out in the competition, which would affect national development and economy, as well as the wellbeing and security of the people,”he said.
Najib also call for the Progressive Malaysia 2050 proposal discussed up at the recent Malaysian scientific community dialogue, to be presented at the upcoming NSC meeting.
He said he was also interested in the proposal which discussed the position and importance of science, technology and innovation in ensuring success of TN50’s objectives and missions.
“It is vital for the country to use its own mold in drafting Malaysia 2050,”he added.
KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has wished Malaysian pilgrims performing the haj in Makkah and Madinah a safe and blessed pilgrimage.
“May your haj be accepted, all your religious obligations and prayers be received, God willing. Please send my prayers and greetings to the Prophet (Rasulullah SAW) upon your arrival in Madinah,” he said via a video uploaded in his Twitter account today.
Almost half of the total number of 30,200 Malaysian pilgrims for the Hijrah 1438 season are now already in Makkah and Madinah.
As of Aug 1, about 14,000 or 46 per cent of the pilgrims are in the Holy Land following the first flight from Malaysia to Madinah on July 24.
A total of 110 flights will bring Malaysian pilgrims to Madinah and Jeddah in stages with the final flight on Aug 26 and, out of these, 46 flights will fly direct to Madinah and another 64 to Jeddah before the pilgrims take the bus to Makkah.
Wukuf Day in Arafah, which marks the start of the haj is scheduled to be held on Aug 31.
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia recorded a significant economic growth over the pass few years with an increase in Gross National Income (GNI) and secured record levels of Foreign Direct Investment said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said between 2009 and 2016, the country’s GNI had increased by nearly 50 percent with 2.26 million jobs created.
“Inflation and unemployment has been kept low and we have secured record levels of Foreign Direct Investments – at the time when our opponents keep trying to scare people into thinking that Malaysia is going bankrupt.
“Business would not be investing in Malaysia if they thought that. They would not be moving their regional headquarters here, if they thought that,”he said at the [email protected] Commemorative Dinner and Achievement Awards here, tonight.
He cited companies such as Huawei which has made Malaysia its global operation headquarters, HSBC which is investing over RM1 billion to build its future regional head office in the Tun Razak Exchange and Broadcom Limited which will transfer its global distribution hub from Singapore to Malaysia this year, as examples of some FDIs.
Najib said Malaysia is strategically placed for business to access the ASEAN market of 625 million people, and ultimately with the eventual conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, to be a gateway to 50 percent of the world’s population and over 30 percent of global GDP.
“We are not just strategically and geographically well placed. It is also a matter of how we wish to interact with the world. We are not interested in harping old grievances, as one former leader still is,”he said, adding that Malaysia also wish to continue to work with friends and partners, near and far.
He said this has led to Malaysia’s relations and friendships with many nations reaching historic highs.
He added that Malaysia has also played a major roles towards the success of ASEAN and that it will continue to contribute to its future successes.
On the way forward for ASEAN, the Prime Minister said for it to realise its potential, ASEAN must be an association that feels real, relevant and tangible to its citizens.
“We need to build that sense of cohesion, solidarity, support, unity, friendship and strength, which will result in greater prosperity and harmony for all our countries,”he said.
Najib noted that peace and stability that ASEAN has brought to the 10 nations, is often unsung, but it should not be forgotten.
He said it was part of the story of ASEAN that should be more widely known and must be shared with the citizens.
“ASEAN has kept the peace in a region once known as the Balkans of Asia, with a multiplicity of ethnicities and faiths, and with a history of conflicts both between neighbours and within states,”he said.
KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government was now working at embarking on the second Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) route, the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) line.
The prime minister said the BN government’s effort did not stop with the completion of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line which was fully opened last month.
“Our focus now is to deliver the second line to the people, the MRT SSP line which will benefit some two million residents from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya, encompassing Sri Damansara, Kepong, Batu, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Jalan Tun Razak, KLCC, Tun Razak Exchange, Kuchai Lama, Sungai Besi, Seri Kembangan and Cyberjaya”.
The prime minister said this in his latest posting on his official blog site, najibrazak.com, today.
Najib said based on studies, the 52.2km MRT SSP line with 37 stations would be able to record 529,000 passengers per day commuting on the service line when operational by the second quarter of 2022.
“This is another project awaited by the people and I believe we will succeed once again, InsyaAllah (God willing,” he said.
Najib also shared his delight of reading good feedback from commuters of the MRT SBK line which which became fully operational since July 17.
“Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), all gave positive feedback, in fact they were proud of the hard work of Malaysians who planned and built this world-class public transportation project,” he said.
Najib, meanwhile, hit out at opposition leaders who had claimed that the cost of building this MRT line would be RM100 billion.
“It’s ridiculous. So, can we believe them… Just like other accusations, this was just a tactic to confuse and frighten the public,” he said.
Najib said from the financial aspect of building the MRT line, a large portion of it was through the tender system to ensure transparency and continuity of the project, besides good governance.
“In this process, we also did not forget the Bumiputera empowerment agenda. We gave opportunities and benefits to many Bumiputeras through the initiative of ‘carve out and compete’.
“About 50 per cent of the work were given to Bumiputera companies for the main work package.”
Najib said this was among the government’s efforts to promote the development capacity of Bumiputera companies, besides proving that these companies were capable if given the opportunities.
“Just look at the result, proving that the Bumiputeras and young Malays could deliver, thus changing the perception towards Bumiputera and Malay contractors,” he added.
PUTRAJAYA – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today hailed the rise in the overall score of a Syariah index that gauges the country’s achievement in implementing Islamic policies and principles, saying there was drastic improvement in the health, infrastructure and the environment, and economic and social fields.
The Prime Minister also said that the score or achievement of the Malaysian Syariah Index in four other fields, namely education, politics, law and culture, remained at an encouraging level.
The index gauges objectively and scientifically Malaysia’s achievement according to the framework of Maqasid Syariah (objectives of Islamic law).
The overall score of the index for 2017 was 76.06 per cent, up by 0.64 per cent from the 75.42 per cent for 2015, he said when presenting the Malaysian Syariah Index Report 2017 at the Premier Conference of Ulama at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here.
“Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), this is an achievement we anticipated to continue to drive the government in administering the country according to Maqasid Syariah,” he said.
Najib said the second study of the Syariah index involved 222 researchers from six public universities and a total of 27,292 respondents, comprising 2,280 policy makers, 6,555 policy implementers and 18,457 members of the general public.
He drew attention to an interesting aspect of the index for 2017, of the respondents being Muslims and non-Muslims.
“Interestingly, 50 per cent of the respondents from the general public comprised people between the ages of 21 and 30, who are from the generation of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50), he said.
Najib said several key findings of the index for 2017 proved that the efforts and initiatives undertaken and being implemented by the government had an impact on the people and benefited them.
In the field of health, he said, the score in the religion aspect was 92 per cent based on the success of the government in providing facilities for worship at government clinics and hospitals besides expanding services and facilities through the opening of 1Malaysia Clinics.
The Prime Minister said the index for the infrastructure and environment field had been evaluated at 86.7 per cent based on the government efforts to prioritise the care for life in solid waste management as well as striking an overall balance in infrastructure development for the people, such as the Pan Borneo Highway traversing Sabah and Sarawak.
As for the social field, 82 per cent had been awarded in terms of religious care as the government always provided the people with facilities associated with religious activities in accordance with the Federal Constitution, he said.
On the economic field, which had been accorded 65.46 per cent, Najib said various initiatives had been implemented by the government to alleviate the burden faced by the people in terms of cost of living.
He also said that though the fundamentals of the Malaysian economic system were conventional, the government was constantly striving to adopt Syariah in the system in stages and that many of the country’s economic policies adhered to the Maqasid Syariah.
“More interestingly, in the property aspect, the index showed that the people were happy with the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) and the 1Malaysia People’s Housing initiatives as they have helped to reduce their financial burden, he said.
In the field of politics, the study on the aspect of care for religion worked out a score of 92 per cent for having successfully placed Islam as the religion of the federation in ensuring the political stability of the country, he said.
At the event, the Prime Minister also announced a special government contribution of RM2 million to Islamic NGOs in recognition of their contribution and ongoing role in the process of nation-building.
Najib also presented the Lifelong Religious Personality Special Award to Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria for his role in promoting Islam in Malaysia.
Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat) president Ismail Mina Ahmad and Aqsa Syarif deputy president Dr Fauziah Mohd Hassan were declared NGO Male Personality and NGO Female Personality, respectively.
Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS) president Zambri Mohd Isa was declared NGO Youth Personality.
PETALING JAYA – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants Malaysians to feel that Malaysia is moving towards a better nation and that there is hope for the future, instead of looking down at their own country.
The Prime Minister said Malaysians should evaluate what had been achieved by Malaysia so far rather than easily influenced by some politicians who spread lies about their own country.
“Without using (their) head, they are being used by the politicians for their own ends. They look down on the country and even spread lies or untruth about the country.
“When people come to Malaysia and experience Malaysia, they said Hey! Malaysia is not a failed state, you should be proud of Malaysia,” he said at a dialogue on Design Thinking and Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50), at the fifth anniversary of Genovasi Malaysia here today.
Najib said there are many good things awaiting Malaysians, including TN50.
Najib said the Government must provide Malaysians hope for the future.
“I don’t believe in politics of fear…you can move people by doing two things, either by politics of fear that was done during the Nazi period in Germany of course, fear, then …
“…Or you take the line of reading a book,you got to give them a book. That is (what) TN50 is all about, creating the future that we want for Malaysia… that’s what I believe in,” he said.
Najib said it is also important to realise that resources are limited for every nation.
“But you can leverage on it. You can create a kind of exponential increase in the life by injecting creativity and innovation,” he said adding that he wanted Malaysia to improve and be a leading nation in 20 to 30 years’ time.
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